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Belgian Shepherd Dog (Laekenois)

General Description

Medium sized dog with a wire coat. Its rough coat can be fawn in colour ranging through to mahogany/black. A well proportioned body with a bushy tail.

General Health

Hardy with no major health problems.

Hereditary Illnesses

Occasionally hip dysplasia.

Character and Temperament

Lots of energy with brains to boot. Needs physical and mental stimulation. They tend to bond strongly to one or two people. This can be a demanding dog and needs an experienced owner. They make excellent guard dogs.


No special requirments


As a working dog it is used to an outdoor life and needs long daily walks. They benefit greatly from being off the lead as much as possible in a safe area.


Recommendations to trim twice a year, depending on the quality of the coat. Some advice is to have the dog close trimmed but it is reported to ruin the coat for years. Use a coarse toothed comb for grooming. This breed sheds little to no hair.


The Belgian Laekenois is the rarest of the four Belgian sheepdogs. They were bred to guard the fields of Antwerp where fine linens were processed.




Average Dog Size

24 - 26

Average Dog Weight

55 - 65

Average Bitch Size

22 -24

Average Bitch Weight

55 - 65

Average Life Expectancy

12 -14

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